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Ukraine Warns Hit to Nuclear Plant Could Equal ‘Use of an Atomic Bomb’

Ukraine warned that Russian strikes against a nuclear power plant could equate to “the use of an atomic bomb” after Russian shelling caused damage to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) on Friday.

Russia launched its invasion of the Eastern European country in late February, claiming it was to “liberate” the separatist Donbas region and rid the Ukrainian government of Nazis—even though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish. More than five months into the war, the stronger-than-anticipated Ukrainian defense has forced fighting to be concentrated in Eastern Ukraine, which is home to Europe’s largest nuclear facility, the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

Concerns the Russian military may cause damage to the plant, therefore raising the risk of a nuclear crisis, have been ongoing since March, when Moscow’s troops seized the plant and shelling began. These concerns were renewed Friday when troops allegedly opened fire at the plant again.

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